Becoming a parent is a thrilling experience for a couple. They share their happiness with friends and relatives. Grandparents are in great ecstasy. Family celebrations are there to welcome the new born. Parents and grandparents go out of the way to bring up the child. The child is doing well for 1-3 years-healthy, happy and adorable. From the non-entity the child starts developing its individuality with likes, dislikes and unique personality. Then suddenly the child regresses and loses the gains of development. This is the usual story of hundreds of parents of children of Regressive Autism. There are number of features of Regressive Autism which start worrying the parents.
Usual story of a child with Regressive Autism is- born seemingly healthy; received BCG, polio and Hepatitis B vaccines soon after birth; three doses of DPT and Polio between 2-4 months; given oral antibiotics between 3-4 months for upper respiratory/ear or chest infection; breast fed for 3-4 months, than formula or animal milk is added. Repeated courses of antibiotics are given to the child for respiratory and gut infections. He begins eating semi-solid at about six months. He continues to develop normally, is playful, happy and eye contact is established. He continues good progress developmentally, including verbalizing mono-syllable words.”Infections and allergies become more prominent inviting more antibiotics. The child begins to have loose stools after artificial milk is introduced. Between the 12th and 15th month the child receives another round of vaccines including MMR. Parents begin to notice a marked change in stool pattern including an increase of diarrhoea or constipation.
Between 15th to 18th months he begins to lose words, no longer saying ‘papa’ or ‘mama’ etc. He appears to be deaf, no longer responds to his name. Attention deficit is almost universal. Fixate too much on spinning objects such as fans, wheels of toy cars or trucks. He is no longer communicative. He appears isolated and withdrawn. He may be hyperactive. Particular type of repetitive movements are an irritating feature for the parents. More respiratory and gut infections go unresolved by antibiotics. The parents are told that it is part of a transition period in their toddler years and delays in language may be normal. This continues until it is evident that child is not developing cognitively- losing ground compared to other children of same age with respect to speech, understanding and socialization etc. The child is eventually diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and advised various training services to help with education, speech and behavioural problems. He is told that there is no cure for this. The only way out is training, the child in various skills.
Paediatricians say autism is a genetic problem.
Modern medicine considers genetic problems as incurable. They say autistic child can at the most be trained but not cured. They also give some behaviour altering drugs like Resperidon or Ritalin to control their behaviour problems. These drugs suppress the abnormalities in the behaviour. It gives some relief to the parents but are not curative in nature. Moreover these drugs have serious side effects. But there are few hundred doctors in the world who have come up with a clear cut scientific evidence that autism is neither a mental nor a genetic disorder. It is by and large a biochemical disorder involving whole of the body. It is a medical disorder just like other diseases. Lowered immunity with repeated bacterial and fungal infections, multiple allergies, autoimmunity, and leaky gut with diarrhoea or constipation are universal. Many of these features are treatable and reversible.
After years of research and experience in treating autism, these doctors have concluded that mainstream medical profession’s labelling autism as ‘incurable’ is not acceptable. These doctors have organised themselves into professional bodies which meet regularly to share their research and experiences. Autism Research Institute (ARI), Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and Baba Farid Centre for Special Children (Faridkot) are few of them. Over the period of time they have evolved protocols of treatment based on Dietary Modifications, Nutritional Supplements, Strengthening Gut Flora, Detoxification, Herbals, Massages, Auditory Integration Therapy, Naturopathy, Yoga, Bio- dynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy, Panchkarma and Neurotherapy etc.
These curative therapies are in addition to the training component consisting of Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Special Education. With these protocols, thousands of children are doing remarkably well. Improvements are more dramatic than anyone could imagine. Many children transform from nonverbal and withdrawn to a student with lots of friends. Some communicate through painting, music and other such artistic means. It is pleasure seeing a four years old child who screams more than he speaks growing up to lead a fulfilling and productive life.
Remarkable improvements seen by the treating doctors disprove the genetic origin. Even the genetic entities like Down’s Syndrome show remarkable improvements with these protocols. In a hot debate of Genetics v/s Epigenetic it is said, “Genes only load the gun-it is chemicals around the genes which press the trigger.”
Out of every 10 autistic children 8 are of Regressive Autism. That also disproves the genetic model. Perhaps environmental stressors are more important than genes. Toxins present in the air, water and food have been incriminated to be major causative factors in many studies. Mercury and Aluminium in the vaccines have also been blamed in published studies. The vaccine MMR which is given at the age of 15 months has also been blamed in published studies. Many parents of autistic children are fighting litigations in the courts of USA and Europe alleging damage by the vaccines. Lead, arsenic and heavy metals in the environment are also under scrutiny. In a study done by Baba Farid Centre for Special Children under the guidance of German Scientist, Dr. Elenore Blaurock Busch and South African Clinical Metal Toxicologist Dr. Carin Smit clearly showed high levels of heavy metal like lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, aluminium and uranium etc. in autistic children. This indicates positive correlation between high levels of heavy metals and autism. This study has already been published in two internationally reputed journals.
It has been proved beyond doubt that repeated uses of antibiotics kill our gut flora. Healthy gut flora has now been proved to be indispensable for the functioning of brain and nervous system. The studies have proved that 80% of our brain lies in our gut. Leaky gut has been proved to be a big cause of constipation, diarrhoea, nutritional deficiencies, allergies and auto-immunity found to be very common in these children. In leaky gut semi-digested food is absorbed. Partially digested proteins are the root cause of allergies and auto-immunity. Curing leaky gut is possible through the above said protocols. By and large autism is a curable and reversible disorder.